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The Economic History of European Jews : Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages

By: Toch, Michael.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Études sur le Judaïsme Médiéval: Publisher: Leiden : BRILL, 2012Description: 1 online resource (383 p.).ISBN: 9789004235397.Subject(s): Germany -- Ethnic relations | Jews -- Germany -- Economic conditions | Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1096-1800 | Peasants -- Germany -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Economic History of European Jews : Late Antiquity and Early Middle AgesDDC classification: 330.9401089924 | 943/.004924 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface; Introduction; Part One Stocktaking: Regional Populations and Livelihoods; Chapter One Byzantium; People and Communities; Economic Pursuits; Chapter Two Italy; People and Communities; Economic Pursuits; Chapter Three Gaul, the Lands of the Franks, France and Germany; People and Communities; Economic Pursuits; Late Antiquity and the Merovingian Period; From the Carolingian Period to the 11th Century; Agriculture and Landholding; Commerce; Credit and Monetary Transactions; Officials and Entrepreneurs; Chapter Four The Iberian Peninsula; People and Communities
Economic PursuitsLate Antiquity and Visigothic Period; From the 8th to the 11th Century; Landholding and Agriculture; Commerce; Credit and Monetary Transactions; Entrepreneurs, Craftsmen, and Officials; Chapter Five Eastern Europe; People and Places; Economic Pursuits; Part Two Economic Functions and Significance; Chapter Six Jews, Commerce, and Money; Slave Traders?; A Monopoly of Intercontinental Traders?; The Lure of the Orient: Radhanites and Genizah Traders; Re-dimensioning Jewish Trade: Local and Regional Contacts; Credit and Money; Currency, Minting, and Officials
Chapter Seven Landholding, Crafts, Enterprises, Medicine, and the Internal Jewish EconomyLandholding and Agriculture; Crafts, Enterprises, and Medicine; The Internal Jewish Economy and the Domestic Mode of Production; Chapter Eight Historical Conclusions; Jewish History, General History; South and North: One Jewish World?; The Sexual Division of Labor: Women in the Economy; The Occupational Spectrum; Minority Status; Maps; Appendix One Places of Jewish Settlement in the Byzantine Empire; Appendix Two Places of Jewish Settlement in Italy
Appendix Three Places of Jewish Settlement in France and GermanyAppendix Four Places of Jewish Settlement in Iberia; List of Abbreviations; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Literature; Index
Summary: The Economic History of European Jews offers a radical revision of demographics and economics. It explains how the presence of Jews was a limited one and their trade was just that, trade by Jews, not "Jewish Trade".
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Contents; Preface; Introduction; Part One Stocktaking: Regional Populations and Livelihoods; Chapter One Byzantium; People and Communities; Economic Pursuits; Chapter Two Italy; People and Communities; Economic Pursuits; Chapter Three Gaul, the Lands of the Franks, France and Germany; People and Communities; Economic Pursuits; Late Antiquity and the Merovingian Period; From the Carolingian Period to the 11th Century; Agriculture and Landholding; Commerce; Credit and Monetary Transactions; Officials and Entrepreneurs; Chapter Four The Iberian Peninsula; People and Communities

Economic PursuitsLate Antiquity and Visigothic Period; From the 8th to the 11th Century; Landholding and Agriculture; Commerce; Credit and Monetary Transactions; Entrepreneurs, Craftsmen, and Officials; Chapter Five Eastern Europe; People and Places; Economic Pursuits; Part Two Economic Functions and Significance; Chapter Six Jews, Commerce, and Money; Slave Traders?; A Monopoly of Intercontinental Traders?; The Lure of the Orient: Radhanites and Genizah Traders; Re-dimensioning Jewish Trade: Local and Regional Contacts; Credit and Money; Currency, Minting, and Officials

Chapter Seven Landholding, Crafts, Enterprises, Medicine, and the Internal Jewish EconomyLandholding and Agriculture; Crafts, Enterprises, and Medicine; The Internal Jewish Economy and the Domestic Mode of Production; Chapter Eight Historical Conclusions; Jewish History, General History; South and North: One Jewish World?; The Sexual Division of Labor: Women in the Economy; The Occupational Spectrum; Minority Status; Maps; Appendix One Places of Jewish Settlement in the Byzantine Empire; Appendix Two Places of Jewish Settlement in Italy

Appendix Three Places of Jewish Settlement in France and GermanyAppendix Four Places of Jewish Settlement in Iberia; List of Abbreviations; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Literature; Index

The Economic History of European Jews offers a radical revision of demographics and economics. It explains how the presence of Jews was a limited one and their trade was just that, trade by Jews, not "Jewish Trade".

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Toch (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) offers a most useful critical survey of Jewish economic life from ca. 300 to 1200 CE that is a useful companion and counter to Cecil Roth's The Dark Ages: Jews in Christian Europe, 711-1096 (1966). In addition, Toch rereads both the sources and modern historiographical theses developed from them and, in the process, reduces scholarly knowledge to a solid minimalist reassessment of Jewish populations in Byzantium, Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, Gaul (including France and Germany), and eastern Europe. Part 2 reassesses Jewish roles in trade and commerce, landholding, crafts, and medicine with a final stimulating chapter of historical conclusions that broadens the parameters of Jewish historical writing. Four appendixes list respectively a critical review and discussion of each site of settlement. There is an extensive bibliography of primary sources and modern scholarship, as well as a number of useful maps. This is the most up-to-date scholarly reassessment of a century of both overly optimistic and occasionally negative interpretations of Jewish population and economic activities, a boon to students and researchers of the first millennium of the Jewish experience in Europe, and an interesting read for the general public. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. S. Bowman University of Cincinnati

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